Elections in Donbass take place if Kiev fails to extend special status law, expert says
LUGANSK, August 22 (Lugansk Media Centre) – LPR and DPR leaders' elections shall take place if Kiev fails to extend the law on Donbass special status, Alexey Chesnakov, political scientist and director of the Center for Current Politics, told TASS News Agency.
According to Chesnakov, recent publications on a possible elections postponement should be approached with caution.
"Various rumors and talks on DPR and LPR leaders' elections postponement should be treated with caution. Local politicians and experts propose various interpretations of such a decision."
"All of them are important. But, I believe, the main reason behind a possible postponement is the international environment. One thing is certain: elections might become an unnecessary irritant for the peace settlement," he said.
"Judging by the attitudes of the political leaders in Donetsk and Lugansk, whom I met in person to discuss this issue, the final decision on whether to carry out elections or not will be taken by them on the basis of a number of factors, first of all, the international environment, progress on the Minsk Agreements implementation, and, of course, the extension of the Donbass special status law by Ukraine," Chesnakov said.
"If the law is not timely and fully extended by the Verkhovnaya Rada and Ukrainian president, the Minsk Agreements shall be considered derailed by the fault of the Ukrainian side. In this case, I am sure, elections will take place in Donbass this year," he said.
Earlier Lugansk People’s Republic activists called for extending the Republic’s head and People’s Council deputies’ term in office to enable current leaders to deliver on their programs of social and economic development.
On May 12, 2018, head of our Republic Leonid Pasechnik presented the program of the LPR social and economic development till 2023 “Our Choice” to the legislative and executive branches of power.
LuganskMediaCentre — 22 August — Lugansk